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January 3, 2019

Ballot for 2019 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award Announced

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This is the 5th year Hoosier children will vote for their favorite book at local libraries.

We are celebrating another year of great reads with exciting news for book lovers from the Indiana Center for the Book. Director Suzanne Walker announced the nominees for the 2019 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award! The award gives little ones a chance to get involved with their local libraries. And they have a chance to learn about the democratic process by voting for their favorite reads.

The process is pretty simple. A committee of Hoosier librarians, caregivers and project coordinators nominates five books each year. Then, Hoosier kids ages 0-5 vote for their favorite book at their local library or participating child care program. Of course, the little book critics get a bit of voting help from grown-ups.

The 2019 nominees are: 

  • A Hippy-Hoppy Toad by Peggy Archer

  • Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

  • There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

  • Play This Book by Jessica Young

  • Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Read about the 2018 Firefly Award winner.

Haven’t read these books yet?

No worries. Because this is an Indiana Center for the Book initiative, libraries are encouraged to provide access to the books and to have special Firefly story times. If you are not sure you’ll be able to find these books at your local library, contact your local library and ask about the books and how to vote! The award will be announced on May 17, 2019.

Who can vote?

Children who are under age 6 as of May 1, 2019, may vote for the 2019 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. Of course, most children will require help from a parent, caregiver or librarian. To vote, kids circle their favorite Firefly nominee on their ballot and turn it into their local voting location. Some libraries will give kids a sticker for their vote!

Picture books have an important role in the first years of the life of a child. This award encourages parents, caregivers and very young children to learn about great picture books — for free! For more information on the award, please visit us here:

The 2019 Early Literacy Firefly committee:

  • Kirsten Eamon-Shine—Early Learning Indiana
  • Tina Ervin—Goshen Public Library
  • Melissa Freed—Tippecanoe County Public Library
  • Mary Graber—Peabody Public Library
  • Christina Jones—Monroe County Public Library
  • Stephanie Maggart—North Manchester Public Library
  • Ashley McNally—Hancock County Public Library
  • Heather Morlan—Poseyville Public Library
  • Kara Motsinger—Jefferson County Public Library
  • Teresa Moulton—New Albany-Floyd County Public Library
  • Shirley Mullin—Kids Ink (a member of our Brighter Readers Book Crew)
  • Dawn Stoops—Allen County Public Library
  • Heather Sullivan—Anderson Public Library
  • Suzanne Walker—Indiana Center for the Book
  • Beth Yates—Indiana State Library

Build Your Child’s Brighter Future!

Want to dive deeper into helping your little one build language skills? Check out our Play and Learning guidance about English and language arts for:

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